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Killing retail

2011-01-13 17:43:23.813457+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

HP has ramped up their efforts to get me to buy my ink directly from them. I've been involved in the back room chatter about consumer products sales occasionally, so my first reaction was a bit of an eyebrow raise: They're offering me a discount from what I'd pay at the retail level. This means they're confident enough in their market strength that they're willing to piss off Staples et al.

So in light of my recent musings on transportation, what does this mean? A few guesses:

  • Local sales tax revenue is toast. Maybe a bit of an overstatement, but given that everything's being shipped from China anyway, there'll be few reasons to buy from a local vendor.
  • The real efficiency gains in transportation will be gotten from bringing the products to the consumer rather than bringing the consumer to the products. Why run buses through a neighborhood every half hour when you can run one delivery truck once a day?
  • Shopping will fall to the virtual presence before commuting does.

[ related topics: Politics Consumerism and advertising Machinery Economics Public Transportation ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-13 21:02:09.001467+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Recent in person purchases beyond gas and groceries:

Yeah.. other than consumables.. almost everything has been bought and shipped to the house or office. Nancy even has been buying clothes that way.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-13 21:49:07.300211+00 by: TC

Yup 2 hour lunch was apparently too short (never got to this subject). Items that are basic commoditish things no reason to see them in person. Yeah I can see local office supply being an endangered species and going the way of bookstores.

Clothing probably less so as there is a tangible quality being there but hey I do buy stuff from lands end etc etc

Is Paramount going to let Abrams make more Star Trek movies??? I hate fringe am so so on LOST but loved that Trek movie!

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-14 03:45:57.416206+00 by: ebradway

That makes me wonder if Al Qaeda's working for HP's competitors or Staples by making the shipment of of ink and toner more costly or slower.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-14 14:05:37.677899+00 by: meuon

Ever wonder how much of the whole terrorism "state of fear" is a huge manipulation by the military-industrial complex, politicians.. corporations...

Your options: 90%, 95%, 100%

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-14 14:52:05.702914+00 by: meuon

Re: Commuting - telecommuting - working from home. I now just think of it as: Which set of distractions do I want to deal with?

I'm most productive at work in the office, when no-one else is around. Least amount of distractions.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-14 16:05:00.660423+00 by: petronius

There are other odd byways in the transportation issue. Somali pirates are capturing containerships and holding them for ransoms of a few million dollars, while the cargos are worth far more. However, since the pirates lack the port facilities to offload the valuables, they leave them alone. I remember one ship captured was carrying Soviet-surplus tanks and troop carriers. I'm sure every warlord worth his salt in Somalia would love to have a few T-74s, but with no way to offload something that heavy it might have well been on the moon.